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Tort reform tops veto session topics

by State Sen. Dan Hegeman

This week, Missouri lawmakers and interested citizens will return to Jefferson City for the annual veto session, which begins at noon on Sept. 14. During veto session, members of the General Assembly have the opportunity to override measures that have been vetoed by the governor.

Per the Missouri Constitution, no veto session can exceed 10 calendar days, and each vetoed bill must first be taken

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Eggleston reports: 9-11

by State Rep. J. Eggleston

This year marks the 15th year since the terrorist attacks we have come to call 9/11. We are nearing a point in time where we almost have an entire generation too young to remember that day.

The “millennials”, as they have come to be called, have not known a world where terrorism was not discussed on a daily basis. But the rest of us do

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Capitol Perspectives: Passing echoes of legislative bipartisanship 

By Phill Brooks

This summer, Missouri lost one of the two state leaders involved in an historic partnership of cross-party collaboration. The partnership arose after the November 2000 elections that cost Democrats control of the Senate that they had enjoyed for generations.

But Republicans could not take over because voters handed the Senate a 17-17 tie with neither side holding a majority. Compounding the problem was that three Senate members

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From the Bench

Legislative change to misdemeanor punishments

By Circuit Judge R. Brent Elliott

Articles of the last few months focused on recent Legislative changes to felonies.  This month we will shift to Legislative changes to misdemeanors.

The current classification and penalties for misdemeanors are:

  • Class A misdemeanors; punishable by up to one year in the county jail and/or a fine up to $1.000, and
  • Class B misdemeanors; punishable by up to six
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Rep. Tony Dugger resigns, MAF calls for a more robust revolving door law

In response to Rep. Tony Dugger’s resignation from the House of Representatives, Ryan Johnson, President of the Missouri Alliance for Freedom, called on the Missouri Legislature to follow through with its ethics reform priorities and to strengthen the new revolving door law.

“Tony Dugger’s resignation from the House does not make him a bad person. It does, however, illustrate the need for a more robust fix to the problem that

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Thoughts about negative campaigning

by State Rep. J. Eggleston

Like most of you, I used to get my information about the candidates on the ballot from TV ads and mailers. As an elected representative, I now have more opportunities to meet and visit with the candidates in person.

In the run up to the primary, I would use these visits to ask direct questions and evaluate not only what a candidate would say, but

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Capitol Perspectives: The dignity of Missouri’s capitol

by Phill Brooks

The recent conviction of 22 protesters whose 2014 demonstration in the Missouri Senate visitors’ gallery chamber forced the Senate to recess is an indication of how different Missouri’s Capitol is from the U.S. Capitol I covered in 1972.

For an hour on May 6, 2014, the protesters sang and chanted against the legislature’s refusal to expand Medicaid. Those convicted in the Cole County Court of misdemeanor trespass

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Capitol Perspectives: Deep pocket donor finances ballot measure to limit deep pocket donors

by Mark D. Hughes

To grotesquely paraphrase George Orwell’s Animal Farm, “All elections are crazy. Some are more crazy than others.” This year’s election cycle in Missouri may stand as the craziest of all.
We have a Republican nominee for governor who previously was a Democrat. We have a Democrat nominee for governor who previously was a Republican. In the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, we had a candidate named

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Vibrant ag industry requires public policy

by State Sen. Dan Hegeman

Agriculture has long been, and remains to this day, the Show-Me State’s No. 1 industry. Here in northwest Missouri, it is still the foundation of our local communities and way of life. As such, it is essential our state lawmakers and agencies implement policies that allow Missouri’s agricultural producers and associated industries to remain vibrant and productive and stand as a check against bureaucratic overreach.

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